Patricia Carlson has devoted her career to the manufacturing industry. Patricia’s previous experiences include being responsible for business development, sales and marketing for contract manufacturers in the Southern California area. This provided her valuable experience and insights on the challenges manufacturers face to stay competitive and grow. Patricia transitioned to providing education, workforce development, and training to the manufacturing industry in 2008. She has worked for and with the Economic and Workforce Development departments of community colleges as well as workforce development collaboratives in California. She has been involved with numerous grant programs and initiatives that had the same common goal to upskill the workforce.
Recognizing the common vision and goals, she joined Tooling U-SME in 2016 as the Client Executive for the California region and provides manufacturing industry driven workforce development and training products, services, and solutions. www.toolingu.com
As moderator of this panel, Patricia will be your navigator to the many great programs and resources available that provide funding for workforce development and training.